Faith-Based Journeys FAQs

How much time in advance is required to
plan our faith-based group travel?

Are all of the faith-based journeys designed by denomination?

Will our pastor or priest have opportunities
for worship during the journey?

Does Faithful Holidays assist our group leader in getting
the word out about our journey to our community?

What types of payment terms are accepted by Faithful Holidays?

Will travel documents be provided to our group?

How do we arrange our air travel with Faithful Holidays?

How many pieces of luggage can I bring?
What are the size requirements?

Will I need a passport or visa?

All international travel requires a passport.

What should I expect at Airport Security?

Are your journeys scheduled as non-smoking?


How much time in advance is required to
plan our faith-based group travel?

Although each group may have a varying schedule for planning, we recommend that your departure date is secured a minimum of nine months in advance for annual programs and, for special events such as Oberammergau, we suggest a minimum of 18 months as this event will sell out quickly. This timeline will allow you to announce your departure date, hold your presentation on your itinerary and secure the deposits needed.

Are all of the faith-based journeys designed by denomination?
We offer a variety of destinations that are designed for the optimum faith experience by denomination.

Will our pastor or priest have opportunities
for worship during the journey?

Yes, we will ensure there is allotted time for worship during the journey. This will be determined prior to departure with the minister or priest accompanying the group.

Does Faithful Holidays assist our group leader in getting
the word out about our journey to our community?

Faithful Holidays will provide marketing assistance. We will provide personalized flyers, assist with a presentation to your group and work closely with the group leader to answer questions and assist with reservations and air ticketing.

What types of payment terms are accepted by Faithful Holidays?
Faithful Holidays will accept all major credit cards including Discover, Visa, MasterCard, American Express – or you may pay with a check or money order.

Will travel documents be provided to our group?
Travel documents, including airline tickets purchased through Mayflower Tours, in the form of paper or e-ticket itineraries are sent approximately 14 days prior to departure provided that full payment has been received. Documents include tour itinerary, departure and arrival information and times, hotel information, clothing suggestions, luggage tags, plus any additional helpful hints for traveling on your faith-based journey.

How do we arrange our air travel with Faithful Holidays?
Faithful Holidays will complete your travel experience by arranging air transportation from your hometown. Our air reservations staff will be happy to work with you to find the most cost effective and convenient departure and flight schedule. Best of all, we are able to secure rates that are rarely offered to the general public.

How many pieces of luggage can I bring?
What are the size requirements?

You are welcome to bring a normal-sized suitcase as well as a small carry-on bag. The handling of the normal-sized suitcase will be our responsibility, and the carry-on will be yours. Simply attach the Mayflower Tours luggage tag to your suitcase before leaving home. We will see to it that your suitcase arrives where and when you do. Your Tour Manager or bellman will arrange for the suitcase to get to your room. On travel days, your Tour Manager will give you the time your bag should be available for pick-up by the bellman.

The carry-on bag is allowed on the motorcoach. Carry-on storage is very limited, bags with wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PACK ANY MEDICATION IN YOUR CARRY-ON OR CARRY IT WITH YOU.

Note: If you are traveling on an air tour, airlines have strict regulations concerning luggage weight allowance. You may be asked to pay an additional fee at the airport if your luggage weight exceeds 70 pounds (50 pounds on some airlines). In addition, your checked bag cannot exceed 62 linear inches (length + width + depth). Please check with your airline to verify weight and size restrictions.

Will I need a passport or visa?
U.S. citizens must have valid passports, with an expiration date of at least six months after the scheduled return date, when traveling to Europe. Please make two facsimile copies of the signature and photo page of your passport. One should be kept apart from your passport, and the other should be given to your Tour Manager. In a very few places a visa is needed – Faithful Holidays will inform you if your departure needs one. You should also make a copy of your airline ticket and keep it separate from the ticket itself.

All international travel requires a passport.
Due to increased travel security around the world, it is very important that your passport and airline ticket match your first and last name. This must be an exact match to avoid any delays when checking in at the airport. Any changes to your air booking, which include spelling, could be subject to a change fee, penalty or cancellation.

What should I expect at Airport Security?
Travelers using most major airports are now required to have an airline-issued boarding pass prior to clearing security checkpoints. Computer generated itineraries, e-ticket receipts or paper tickets are no longer sufficient to pass security, the boarding pass must be issued first. Boarding passes can be issued by either airline personnel at the ticket counter or electronically using the self-service kiosks located nearby.

Travelers are also subject to random searches at security checkpoints.


Are your journeys scheduled as non-smoking?
Faithful Holidays has a no-smoking policy on the motorcoach. Frequent rest and meal stops are made, providing ample time for those who wish to smoke. Observance of this requirement helps assure the well-being of all members of the tour.

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